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Shop smarter – supermarket tips

June 21st, 2011 -

How often do you enter the supermarket thinking “I am only going to spend this much on groceries”? How often does it end up a lot more than what you have budgeted for?

Supermarket shopping can be a financially challenging experience and most of us find it hard to keep within budget.

You must remember that the people who design supermarkets don’t do it to make it easier for you to shop – they do it to make as much money from you as possible!

Here are some simple tips to save you money next time you enter that dreaded supermarket.

  • Like most things in life, it’s important to plan ahead. Make a meal plan for the week ahead and create a shopping list.
  • Whilst it is tempting to purchase treats, try hard to avoid these aisles.
  • Don’t go shopping when you are hungry or after Friday night drinks at work!
  • If you take your children don’t let them persuade you to add more items to the trolley and watch out for items that they have sneaked in!
  • Take a calculator with you and add the price of each item as you go. I know it takes time but it will help you stay within your budget.
  • Try house brands (e.g. Pam’s, Home Brand, etc.) as they are usually cheaper than the well-known brands. The quality is usually just as good.
  • If you dread going to the supermarket, try shopping online instead. This will ensure you stick to your list and the home delivery will save you time and travel costs.
  • Use vouchers or coupons as you can save many dollars, but don’t be tempted to buy things you don’t need just because you’ve got coupons for them!
  • If possible choose supermarkets that are cheaper. Try to avoid convenience stores and service stations as they charge a premium.
  • Many people think that goods for sale on the end of the supermarket aisles are on special. That is not always the case. In fact, manufacturers often pay for the best display locations.
  • Shop less frequently. If you currently shop weekly, have a go at shopping fortnightly. Most people will spend more on each shop but less overall.
  • Keep an eye on the screen when you’re at the checkout and make sure you check your receipt. Checkout operators can easily make mistakes and overcharge you.

We would love to hear your ideas on how you have saved money on your grocery bill so all of our customers can save money and become financially stronger.

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